Wearing of the Green~ on Potatoes

I’m not Irish but I’m happy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with The Wearing of the Green. . .on potatoes. . .

 . . .with Spinach Pesto~ and a little fun with Spinach 4-Leaf Clovers~

I’m not lucky when it comes to finding 4-Leaf Clovers, but I did have some luck & fun with baby spinach leaves, making my own clovers with a 4 -Leaf Clover Punch from Martha Stewart Crafts I found at Michaels.

I found this fun idea on Pinterest~ here~ using basil.

Since basil is dismal this time of year at the grocery store and it’s too early for fresh basil, I decided to use baby spinach for a pesto and celebrate with a little wearing of the green on our potatoes for St. Paddy’s Day.

There are lots of recipe variations for Spinach Pesto~ using a combination of spinach & parsley, spinach & basil~ and substituting walnuts for pine nuts. Use what you like, or use a jarred basil pesto to mix with your mashed potatoes.

 I used spinach only, following a recipe from Giada~ reducing the amount of lemon juice/zest called for in the recipe by half, since I was adding the pesto to mashed potatoes.

 You want to use fresh baby spinach which is finer and easier to fit through the punch for your 4-Leaf Clover garnish.

Or throw caution to the wind~ skip the calorie counting and ignore the fat grams~ and pipe your pesto mashed potatoes into Dutch Ann frozen tart shells.

Bake filled tart shells about 20 minutes and garnish with a spinach 4-Leaf Clover.

You can see The Wearing of the Green at the table here~


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  49 comments for “Wearing of the Green~ on Potatoes

  1. March 14, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Omg, what a cute idea to use a punch.. and it worked! goodness. I will have to try that. Thanks so much for always inspiring us with beauty and entertaining us with your charm!

  2. March 14, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Wow! Aren’t you the creative one! That’s a really cute idea with the four leaf clover cut outs! Those tarts look so good!

  3. March 14, 2012 at 9:23 am

    How fun is this??? What a GREAT idea, Mary! I NEED THAT PUNCH!!! I hope our JoAnn’s has one…I’m going there today to check, as company is coming over tomorrow & I want to make these.
    Thank you SOOOO much for the inspiration, Honey! You are the BEST & I feel very lucky to have found you & your delightful blog. I have learned so much from you in only 2 short years.

    Mega Grateful Hugs,

  4. March 14, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Oh my Shamrocks!..I must use this recipe for my granddaughter’s St. Patrick’s Day birthday…Fantastic…Now, are you able to get the tarts at the Grocery store?..say Harris Teeter? Yes, I am half Irish..and the other half Japanese..what a combo!!..Someone asked if I put Sake in my coffee..Something I will have to try! LOL :)

    I hope you will consider linking this beautiful post to my Tablescape Party on Friday…

    • March 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks everyone :) Shirley~ My Harris Teeter sells the Dutch Ann shells~ they’re next to the puff pastry and Athens mini shells.

  5. March 14, 2012 at 10:21 am

    If this isn’t one of the cutest posts/ideas EVER….Mary, I couldn’t imagine how you’d cut your 4-leaf clovers…what a cute, clever idea! And the potato tarts are darling! Thanks for a fun post! ~Zuni

  6. jain
    March 14, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Cutest cut outs ever!

  7. Pondside
    March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am

    This will probably be one of the most-copied ideas this St Patrick’s Day – thanks!

  8. March 14, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Everyone has beat me to it above, but this is the cutest idea I’ve ever seen! I love the tarts…I like to make colcannon – mashed potatoes, cabbage, leeks or scallions, butter, salt and pepper – I can see the spinach pesto as a sub for the cabbage!

    Erin go braugh!!!

  9. March 14, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Oh, meant to tell you…I dreamed last night I was doing a tablescape and wanted to use my blue and white carp plates (which I couldn’t find no matter where I looked) on a several shades of blue and white busy, busy floral tablecloth…could not find navy napkins, but I had pulled out all of my cobalt glass out…I had the biggest mess!…and out of the blue, I discovered I had a cupboard FULL of beautiful accessories that I never knew I had…

    You’re playing with my subconscious mind, Mary!

  10. March 14, 2012 at 11:59 am

    Mary you are SO clever. I would have never thought of using a punch. I so agree with all the other commenters. Hey you ROCK girlfriend! Love love love your great post. Love ’em all. I too have learned so much from you in the short time I’ve been blogging.

  11. March 14, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Mary, this is the cleverest idea. I don’t have a shamrock punch, but will get myself one of these the next time I’m in Michaels. Pesto mashed potatoes sound delicious! ~ sarah

  12. March 14, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    PS Mary I am feeling SO stupid right now. I did not realize you were you. Thankyou for making a comment on my last post and others. I admire you so much and appreciate your comments and opinions. I never gave you credit where credit is due. I always thought it was another Mary. Sorry I’m such a dunce at times. I’m still so new at this blogging and am learning more each day. I really want to have a quality blog like yours and hopefully one of these days I will achieve it. But I know I still have alot to learn about blogging.

    Big Hugs,’


  13. March 14, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Hi there Mary! Isn’t Pinterest just the BEST?? I love it! And I really love this idea of cutting shamrocks out of basil!! I must try this as Pesto is a favorite! Thank you for being such a great inspiration to us all!! Hugs to your girls!!

  14. March 14, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I love your 4 leaf clovers! How talented are you! I’m being a holdout for Pinterest. I know I would really LOVE it, but I already spend so much time on the computer, afraid to try something new I know I would love.

  15. March 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Mary, this is a wonderful idea using the punch to make baby spinach shamrocks. The potatoes look delicious. I’l bet after your post there will be a run on the shamrock punches…Martha will probably be wondering what’s going on, and try to hire you to be on her creative staff…She should be so lucky. :)

  16. Marilyn
    March 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    This is cute, cute, cute! So simple to do, but what an impact!!! I can see adding these shamrocks to a corned beef and cabbage dinner, too.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  17. March 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    OK, this is the cleverest thing I’ve ever seen! Who’d have ever thought of doing this with a punch. You are amazing.

  18. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    March 14, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Ooooo… I’ll have a tart please! They looks so pretty, love the clovers:@)

  19. March 14, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    What a neat idea!! Wish I had seen this earlier so I could have decorated the Colcannon I made for church this evening. And if you need a recipe for Colcannon, I have one on my blog today.
    Great posting you did!
    Ladybug Creek

  20. March 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    As usual, you inspired me! Happy “green” eating!

  21. Debbie@Mountain Breaths
    March 14, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    The cutest veggie shamrocks ever! I have a million different punches, and I never tried them on spinach leaves or basil ;o) Great idea!

  22. March 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    I love the lucky clover you’ve made! fantastic post!

  23. March 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Love the spinach cutouts! And the potatoes look delish in green!

  24. March 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I love green and potatoes!

  25. March 15, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Mary, I just get giddy when I come to your blog! I know that I am in for a treat filled with beauty and creativity! I love every single thing in your post today. How creative and easy… spinach leaf shamrocks! Your food looks marvelous. I am a huge fan of pesto and it in mashed potatoes is guilding the lily!!!! Your photography is spectacular as always. You stage things masterfully! I learn something (many things) new every time I come to your gorgeous blog!!!
    Thanks for inspiring me!
    xo Yvonne

  26. March 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Hi Mary,

    Very creative! You have taken St. Patrick’s Day to a new level. I would if my hubsand would eat green potatoes?

  27. March 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Wonderful idea. Your recipe looks fabulous! Found you on Foodie Friday:)

  28. FABBY
    March 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Oh what an adorable idea! Your recipe looks yummy, thanks for sharing. Just dropped from Foodie Friday too. Have a happy weekend.

  29. March 17, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    I love those spinach shamrocks! So cute! Beautiful post, Mary.

    The plum trees I shot are at a bank in town. I saw them from a distance and knew I had to get pictures. I can’t wait to see your plum blossoms.

  30. March 18, 2012 at 3:51 am

    What a fabulous, creative idea! I love it, and such a ‘unique’ idea. You’re a clever woman. x

  31. March 18, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for joining ON THE MENU MONDAY… I love this recipe!

  32. March 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

    Million thanks for sharing this idea. I never have a clue that we can do this. Not in my wildest thoughts §:-)

    This is really a “must” try recipe. I guess I will do this ASAP when I am home recovering for influenza.

    Have a blessed week,

  33. March 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Love, love , love this idea. Punching, what an awesome idea.

    – The Tablescaper

  34. March 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    You are BRILLIANT! I mean, what an amazingly clever idea. I have gobs of these punches that I am now going to view in a whole new light. I’m wondering how tough it would be to punch the gondolier from a basil leaf to use to top an Italian dish? The Eiffel Tower to use to top a quiche? The mind reels. Well, Mary, you’re going to keep me busy with this new trick, and perhaps slowly drive me insane.

  35. February 17, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    I found this on Pinterest, can’t believe I missed this post but it right in time for me!!! I am going to try this for St. Patty’s. Once again, you delight me. XO, Pinky

  36. February 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    I don’t know much about Irish food, but I would have to say potatoes! Your spinach pesto mashed potatoes look delicious and the spinach leaf clover is so clever! Wait a minute, does Irish whiskey count as a food? :)

  37. Fran
    April 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Have a question, but I don’t see how I can contact you. Please, contact me. Thanks.

  38. September 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    Very great recipes….Thanks for a valuable share

  39. March 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm

    So cute, so creative, and I can’t wait to try this out. Yum!

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